NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – North Augusta High School athletic director Brian Thomas confirms that Yellow Jackets’ head football coach Matt Quinn has stepped down after one season.

North Augusta finished the 2022 season with a 6-6 record, going 4-0 in 4A Region 4, winning the region championship. The Yellow Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs in the second round.

Quinn was hired prior to the 2022 season to replace Jim Bob Bryant, who was fired midway through the 2021 season after one and a half seasons at North Augusta.

Quinn previously coach at Westwood High School. In a letter to students and parents, North Augusta High School principal John Murphy notes that Quinn stepped down in order to spend more time with his family, but will retain his position as a physical education teacher.

North Augusta assistant coach Richard Bush will serve as interim head coach as the Yellow Jackets begin spring practice in May.

The Yellow Jackets will be looking for their fifth head coach since the 2019 season.

Below is the letter from principal John Murphy

Good afternoon North Augusta High School students and parents,
I want to make you aware of a change in our North Augusta High School football coaching staff.  Mr. Matt Quinn has made the decision to step down as head coach of our football team in order to spend more time with his family.  Coach Quinn will continue in his role as Physical Education teacher.

Coach Richard Bush will serve in the capacity of interim head coach as our football team begins spring practice in early May.  Coach Bush has served as an assistant football coach during the 2022 season and was a former Jacket player.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Newberry College along with a Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching from Georgia Southern University.  Coach Bush’s coaching career began at North Augusta High School in 2007.  His experience as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at the varsity level for Williston Elko High School earned him the title of Region Athletic Director of the Year for the 2021 season.

We will soon begin our search for a Head Football Coach for the Fall season, and we will keep you informed as we make a selection.  Please join me in wishing Coach Quinn well and thanking him for the impact he made on our student athletes this season.


John Murphy